Weekend Reading: Building the Great Wall

Weekend Reading: Building the Great Wall

Building the Great Wall Stephanie Han USA There are bodies, selves we cast aside to build the Great Wall. Our home crumbled; we shored up our stake. Tiles, dirt, glass, sticks, the rubble of new lives. A pig’s head. A porcelain tub. A bicycle. A golf club. Cleaning...
Weekend Reading: The Moon

Weekend Reading: The Moon

The Moon Emmanuel-Abdalmasih Samson Nigeria For Adebiyi Olusolape Last night the moon was a bow. I thought if only I could place my arrow in it I could kill all that lurked in the dark. I thought if only I could push it off from the shore to float seaward, I could...
Weekend Reading: Knowing my place

Weekend Reading: Knowing my place

Knowing my Place Cyril Dabydeen Canada The plane coming down, and sheer headiness is in me. I will now be on Canadian soil! The noise is overwhelming… we’re about to land at Pearson International in Toronto. I am here! But who am I? Not who are Canadians? A...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: When the Cock Crows Eleni Gage USA Illustrated by Kelly Whitcombe England “You shouldn’t have done it,” whispered the willowy brunette standing across from me. She was staring at the book she held in her hands, not even able to look me in the eye. Guilt washed...
Weekend Reading: Book Review

Weekend Reading: Book Review

Review: Breakfast for Alligators Madhushree Ghosh USA From Tipped Hat Press comes a staggering explosion of travel through the Americas, a collection of 32 information-packed essays by traveller, essayist, and blogger, Darrin DuFord, Breakfast for Alligators: Quests,...
Weekend Reading: Knowing my place

Weekend Reading: Knowing my place

Knowing my place Cyril Dabydeen Canada Illustrated by KLARXY Croatia At the age of 28, in 1992, I was told I had HIV and maybe “a good five years” to live. By the time the autumn of 2008 rolled around, I’d outlived my use-by date three times over, and then some. Not...
Weekend Reading: C’est Grande Monde

Weekend Reading: C’est Grande Monde

C’est Grande Monde Okwudili Nebeolisa Nigeria Madagascar was pulling out of Africa, clumps of calcified ground ferried on water, following the windward trail that produces another year, row upon row of harbours. Even to the man walking by the beach his steps...
Weekend Reading: Kansas to Colorado

Weekend Reading: Kansas to Colorado

Kansas to Colorado Judy Kirkwood USA We wake to a mist That clouds the river road, Hovers over a field Of soft-spun spiders’ nests. Blackbirds beat and skirt The trees, streak over hay bales Spread out in dry fields like matchboxes Burning the mist into a gold blaze....
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: The Taste of Healing Martina Clark USA Illustrated by KLARXY Croatia At the age of 28, in 1992, I was told I had HIV and maybe “a good five years” to live. By the time the autumn of 2008 rolled around, I’d outlived my use-by date three times over, and then...
Weekend Reading: Indian Head Massage

Weekend Reading: Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage Kathleen McCracken Northern Ireland After I have travelled your scalp for twenty-two and a half minutes dissolving the knots smoothing the cramped furrows of pain you ask me what I think about when I stroke your brows and press your temples what...
Weekend Reading: Trekking

Weekend Reading: Trekking

Trekking in the Pamir and Zarafshan Mountains Alovaddin Kalonov Tajikistan They say that to be from Tajikistan is to know Tajikistan. But while I thought I knew my country well, it was not until I trekked into the two regions of the Pamir and Zarafshan Mountains that...
Weekend Reading: Navajo

Weekend Reading: Navajo

Navajo John Hicks USA She was a child, not much older than I, facing the sheep she was herding across this dirt road. Outdoor work crusted on her shoulders. I watched from the back seat of our steel oasis, its hood ornaments a chrome-winged Pontiac. In a remote part...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: Burrata in Chinatown Valerie Piro USA Illustrated by Marta Munoz UK From my seat at the kitchen table, I watched my mother pick up a bright red pepper from her baking sheet, its skin shrivelled and scorched in several places after being roasted in the oven for...
Weekend Reading: Nyamata Genocide Memorial

Weekend Reading: Nyamata Genocide Memorial

Nyamata Genocide Memorial Sarah Dickenson Snyder USA Piled on the pews—a hideous laundry stacked and stained (the twenty-two years of blood rust unbreathable), their bodies vanished. But not their clothes— bloodied shirts, graying pants, sagging skirts. Underground...
Weekend Reading: Nude Ascending the Welkin

Weekend Reading: Nude Ascending the Welkin

Nude Ascending the Welkin Uche Ogbuji Nigeria   Candle flame on cold pillar tallow, Wick bent to dip of our wings, Lighting up naught over naught of our lift, Stretched days direct most things. How I nearly screwed my eye for an eye, Mistook your first chill...
Weekend Reading: Mystery at Jackass Gulch

Weekend Reading: Mystery at Jackass Gulch

Mystery at Jackass Gulch Keith Skinner USA He’d been silent, the other man at the bar, gazing into his glass of whiskey before growing animated at the mention of Mark Twain. “I met Twain one time, you know, out near Jackass Hill.” I looked quizzically at the bartender...
Weekend Reading: Right of Way

Weekend Reading: Right of Way

Right of Way Sarah Pascarella USA I look at the traffic, coming in droves from all sides: mopeds, taxis, pick-up trucks, and bicycles. The mopeds are the most impressive; some solely carry their driver, others are laden with flowers, food, cartons, ducks, hens, pigs,...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: Never Say Never Joelle Renstrom USA Illustrated by Margarita Miranova Russia Over 1,200 years ago, disgruntled Norse Viking sailed northward and started a new society, complete with a parliament, on an island they called Snæland, “land of snow.” Just as they...
Weekend Reading: The Rumour

Weekend Reading: The Rumour

The Rumour Kaylen Baker USA Once upon a time, the Princess circulated a rumour. It began on her island at the top of her tower, in her round room, at her bedside. She slipped a message to her chambermaid, whispering in the lady’s left ear. The chambermaid turned...
Weekend Reading: The Painting

Weekend Reading: The Painting

The Painting Chika Onyanezi Nigeria All these for my lover: A rocket science Telescopes A map of Jupiter And a lantern — Burning from the lips I love you and you know it  A man soaring with time On his waist Swirling, dancing Dangling from sky to sky Jerking off...
Weekend Reading: Artist as diplomat

Weekend Reading: Artist as diplomat

The Artist as Diplomat Robbi Nester USA After American Mihrab, an installation in ceramic and wood by Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet When the ordinary has become too safe, too stale, we are advised to make it strange, to look again, and magnify until the edges blur,...
Weekend Reading: Knowing my place

Weekend Reading: Book Review

Book Review: Climbing Days Shivanee Ramlochan Trinidad and Tobago EXPLORE OUR QUARTERLY ISSUE SUNDAY MAGAZINE: 23 OCTOBER Poetry Artist as diplomat Robbi Nester USA Poetry The painting Chika Onyenezi Nigeria Eaten Cool Enough Leslie Hsu Oh USA Support...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: Cool enough Leslie Hsu Oh USA Illustrated by Sophia Khan USA Roll. Pinch. Smash. Roll. All in one swift smooth motion, a chef rolled dough into cylinders, pinched off equally-sized chunks, smashed each with the palm of his hand, then used a thin rolling pin to...
Weekend Reading: Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle

Weekend Reading: Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle

Twenty Years of Balkan Tangle: How a British Lady became Queen of the Albanian mountains Maria Wiesner Germany It was in the town of Shkodra, in northern Albania, that I first picked up the name Edith Durham. Strolling the streets in the dry midday sun, I was looking...
Weekend Reading: Bernese Oberland

Weekend Reading: Bernese Oberland

Byron and Hobhouse in the Bernese Oberland Padraig Rooney Switzerland Lord Byron and John Cam Hobhouse were university chums. Hobby had been best man at Byron’s unlikely and short-lived wedding to Annabella Milbanke in 1815, and had accompanied him on a gap year to...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: Jesus, Uno, Kimchi Pizza Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee USA Illustrated by Klarxy Croatia It was the start of a three-day Memorial Day weekend. I stood there leaning on the counter, watching my folks’ forest green Lincoln Continental pull out of the parking lot in...
Weekend Reading: Festa de São João

Weekend Reading: Festa de São João

Festa de São João Kevin Cutrer USA They tell me the banked fires on every street corner tonight reveal in smoke and tears the face of the one you are meant to marry. Countless ancestors peered through ribbons of soot, starlight blurs in their eyes, to look upon the...
Weekend Reading: Water-Gazers

Weekend Reading: Water-Gazers

Water-Gazers* Elizabeth Schulz USA On the pier in the harbour of Guinea-Bissau on the coast of West Africa, where cashews are shipped, and cocaine arrives daily, they wait through the day. The woman in a long blue dress, the man in a torn brown shirt, the boy in...
Weekend Reading: Taal Lake

Weekend Reading: Taal Lake

Taal Lake and the Lagunzad Trail Sarge Lacuesta Philippines Dan Lagunzad was a botanist: he was built slim and thrumming, like a low, springy tree that was just a little bit taller than I was in college when I met him. I was not his student, but he and my professor —...
Weekend Reading: Book Review

Weekend Reading: Book Review

Book Review: An unreliable guide to London Shivanee Ramlochan Trinidad and Tobago Lord Kitchener, the late Trinidadian calypsonian, arrived in England on the Empire Windrush in 1948, with several songs in his back pocket. Kitchener, a then fresh-faced young man, not...
Weekend Reading: Anastasia maps

Weekend Reading: Anastasia maps

Anastasia maps Devi S. Laskar USA Each night my handiwork charts Calypso’s serenade, the arrival of things that can only be made from scratch, a second language learned by the precisionist as she struggles with asps and the correct pronunciation of ochre. Every...
Weekend Reading: Eaten

Weekend Reading: Eaten

Eaten: Food for the inner child Marie Baleo France Illustrated by Marta Munoz UK My first meaningful encounter with food took place on the French Riviera in the summer of 1991. I don’t remember it, but the story has been told to me countless times. It happened as I, a...
Weekend Reading: Mapping Firenze

Weekend Reading: Mapping Firenze

Mapping Firenze Mara Gorman USA The day I learned to travel was the first time I ever was truly lost. It was 1979 and I was nine years old. Surely, I thought as I sat timidly on the plastic seat, the bus driver wasn’t going to ignore two blonde girls. Every other...
Weekend Reading: Other Skins

Weekend Reading: Other Skins

Other skins Shebana Coelho USA   I love the snake that stifles my breath I have built him bit by bit all these years fleshed him with fear so he moves slick and when the skin falls I store it in a cave with other skins But when this winter comes it will come...
Weekend Reading: I am a place

Weekend Reading: I am a place

Photo Essay: I am a place Henry Lee Canada [ess_grid alias="SM - 1"] Careful observation can bridge the gap between seeing something virtually and witnessing the same thing in person. Although I’m no different to any other inquisitive person who travels with a need...